Temple: Local Real Estate Company Proposing Retail Project Similar to Adjacent Property
Feature Photo: An aerial view of the proposed site off Hilliard Road in the northwestern portion of the city. Image: Google/VBX Graphic
by Art Benavidez
Temple (Bell County) — A local real estate company received rezoning for a general retail development, at last week’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The 8.7-acre property converts from agricultural-general retail (A-GR) districts to planned development general retail (PD-GR), with a conditional use permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
During the platting process, the site plan must include a six-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of Hilliard Road and a sidewalk/trail plan that will address pedestrian connectivity between Green Hollow Drive and Hilliard Road.
The property comprises two lots, 3.9 acres at 430 Hilliard Road and 4.8 acres at 520 Hilliard Road in the northwestern portion of the city.
There are single family residences on each lot that would need to be razed.
Another property that will be part of the development will be considered in a separate rezoning request as Wedgewood Properties, the developers, are expected to close on the property by the end of this month.
Wedgewood Properties did not provide a working title with their documentation. The project concept is in line with the same general retail conditions that were approved in 2015 for the Westfield Master Plan, an adjacent mixed use community of 224 acres.
Turley Associates, Inc., out of Temple, are onboard the project.
City Council is expected to hold a first reading on the recommendation at their Oct. 7 and a second reading at their Oct. 21 meeting.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.